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Hyundai Unwraps 2018 Kona Small SUV for U.S. at L.A. Auto Show

Hyundai Unwraps 2018 Kona Small SUV for U.S. at L.A. Auto Show

By Philly Murtha, November 30, 2017

Hyundai Motor this week in Los Angeles premiered the bold 2018 Hyundai Kona crossover, configured for its U.S. utility lineup that includes Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport and Tucson SUVs. Designed for urban adventurers, the Kona is described by the South Korean automaker as a crossover extrovert with aggressive body styling. The new utility, which rides on large alloy wheels and is available in front-wheel Drive or all-wheel Drive, will arrive in U.S. dealer showrooms during the first quarter of 2018.

The 2018 Hyundai Kona, which will be offered in an assortment of lively colors with an optional color contrast roof, features bold sweptback character lines. It is 11 inches shorter, smaller and more athletic than the Tucson. Exterior highlights include a prominent front grille, rubber wheel fender flares that connect to fog lamps on the front end corners. LED headlights and tail lamps are standard. Cargo space is ample: 19.2 cu. ft. and it features split fold-down rear seats. The 2018 Kona rides on an all-new crossover platform, according to Hyundai officials, who said it is the first B-segment utility for the U.S. market.

2018 Hyundai Kona front quarter left photoKona will be available with power from two fuel-efficient powertrains including a 2.0-liter Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder engine with 6-speed automatic that produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque and an optional turbocharged 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) on higher trims. The interior is roomy with touchscreen and smartphone connectivity. A host of advanced safety systems are options including: lane-keep assist, blind spot collision warning, rear-cross traffic alert, lane change assist, parking distance alert and forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection. Head-up display and an 8-in. navigation system also are available.

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